WRITING BUNDLE: ACTIVE LEARNING
Get ’em moving. Then get ’em writing!
This bundle is jam-packed with opening activities that will get students excited about the writing assignments which follow them.
The products in this bundle are also sold individually here:
CHARACTER TRAIT SWAP
MAKE YOUR CHARACTERS JUMP OFF THE PAGE
CHARACTER INTROS: Boring Characters Be Gone!
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1. Character Trait Swap
Character Trait Swap is a game played with the entire class.
Students line up facing one another and use their trait cards to talk about themselves, their opinions, an historic figure, or a literary character.
This high-interest activity can either be used as a stand-alone activity to help students use evidence to support claims or as a springboard for multi-genre writing assignments.
Variations of the game and extension assignments are included.
After each set is used, the word wall mini-posters will help students make claims (and support them with examples, stories, and quotations) about future fiction and non-fiction tasks.
Character Trait Swap: Skills/Objectives
1. Writing across genres
2. Making claims
3. Discussing and writing about character traits by citing evidence (i.e. telling stories and giving examples)
4. Analyzing real and/or fictional characters
5. Working with diverse partners
Trait Swap Game Directions
Master Lists of Character Traits
Favorite Traits Notebook Insert
3 Sets of 44 Character Traits (Easy to Advanced)
132 Word Wall Traits with 1 Display Poster
Blank Cards and Cover Cards for Swap cards and Word Wall Sets
2. Character Intros: Boring Characters Be Gone!!
During my 5 years as a literacy coach, I have used the 130 names included in this activity pack to get students in grades 5-10 to create rich character descriptions for narrative pieces.
Students will never again write a boring character description like “John Smith was a 5’5’ boy with brown hair.” Instead, they’ll replace this ho-hum description with a more interesting one like “Cosmo Finkelbean clutched his lucky rabbit’s foot and wiped the sweat from his forehead as he made his way to the podium.”
130 Character Names
10 Days of Lessons
Character Intro Directions
Character Collection Setup
Character Improv Activity
Extension Materials including:
How to Write a Character Sketch
Final Draft Display Pages
3. Character Snapshots
When writers want to give their readers a sneak peek into a character’s real or fictional world, they use snapshots.
THESE SNAPSHOT LESSONS HAVE BEEN CREATED IN 3 FORMATS:
FILE #1: 12 Minute Free Writes with Built-In PowerPoint Timer – 10 Prewrite Preview Pages and 10 Timer Display Slides (37 pages)
File #2: Photo Cards – 40 photos, 8 cover cards and directions for whole-class and small-group instruction (24 pages)
File #3: Gab & Go Stations – 10 station number cards and character snapshots with 1 event poster (35 pages)
File #4: Extension Bonus – How to Write Biographical and Literary Snapshots (with samples). Also included: Bonus Bulletin Board Materials (32 pages)
4. Make Your Characters Jump off the Page
A Unit of Study on Sentence Variety, Characterization, and Authentic Dialogue
Swirl and Stop Interactive Personality Trait Worksheets (2 sets)
Swirl and Stop Interactive Character Worksheet (2 sets)
Mystery Number Settings Worksheet (2 sets)
It’s All About Me: Character Profile Planning Sheet Role Play Scripts
Sentence Variety Script-Writing Forms
Common Core Standards for Writing, Speaking and Listening
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